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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre / Woods Bagot

  • 00:00 - 12 February, 2013
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre / Woods Bagot
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre / Woods Bagot, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Leadership Team

    Nik Karalis, Rodger Dalling, Ivan Kokrhelj, Peter Korkolis, Gordana Ticak, Bruno Mendes
  • Design Partner

    NHArchitecture
  • Area

    66000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Text description provided by the architects. Located at Southbank, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is part of a $1 billion integrated mixed-use development that includes the Hilton Hotel South Wharf, designed by Woods Bagot and NH Architecture. The triangular form of the building relates to its site, a key focal point for Melbourne’s urban axis that runs through the Central Business District, Docklands and the Yarra River.

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Courtesy of Woods Bagot

At its core is the 5000-seat Plenary Hall, conceived as a building within a building. This fan-shaped auditorium can be divided into three separate stages and is clad in timber, reflecting the textural qualities of the location’s maritime history.

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Courtesy of Woods Bagot

The main foyer is a focal point for public gathering, with a grand volume opening directly onto the Yarra River via a shimmering glass wall that exposes the activity and life of the centre.

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Courtesy of Woods Bagot

In addition, a series of foyers, meeting rooms and a banquet hall were designed to reflect different aspects of Melbourne: civic spaces were inspired by the maritime precinct, hospitality spaces relate to Melbourne’s sport and culture, and functional spaces are neutral to reflect the Central Business District.

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Cite: "Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre / Woods Bagot" 12 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/331339/melbourne-convention-and-exhibition-centre-woods-bagot-2/> ISSN 0719-8884
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